Why Tokyo?

Global City in Asia

Tokyo: A big city with global influence
Tokyo has global influence rivaling that of New York, London and Paris. The most populous city in the world, it serves as a gateway to Asia, and is a place where you can experience all the cutting-edge international trends. Tokyo is guaranteed to stimulate your intellectual curiosity!

One of the Best Student Cities

Tokyo is ranked 7th in the world, and 2nd in Asia, for student life.

This ranking is based on an overall evaluation of education, diversity of students, student life, job-seeking opportunities and tuition expenses. Tokyo has the world’s best transportation network, and is the safest and cleanest big city in the world, making it the ideal place to study.

Most hospitable city in the world

Tokyo is a city of great hospitality.

In a survey by TripAdvisor, Tokyo was ranked first for “Helpful Locals.” It doesn’t matter if you can’t speak Japanese—international students receive a warm welcome here.

Rich and unique culture

In Tokyo, traditional temples and shrines are nestled alongside skyscrapers. With seasonal events and traditional festivals (Matsuri) held throughout the year, Tokyo is a place where you can enjoy modern city life along with traditional culture. In 2020, students will also have the opportunity to experience the summer Olympics held in Tokyo.

World’s gourmet capital

Tokyo has the most Michelin-starred restaurants in the world.

However, it’s not all high-end sushi restaurants: there’s also a wide variety of delicious yet cheap and casual food on offer, such as ramen and okonomiyaki. No other city has the range of restaurants and foods from around the world that Tokyo does—including Halal food, too.

  • No.1 in Asia AT Kearney Global City Ranking 2014
  • No.7 QS Best Student Cities Ranking 2015
  • No.1 Public transportation, helpful locals, safety, cleanliness (TripAdvisor 2014)
  • No.1 Most Michelin-starred restaurants in the world
  • No.1 Largest urban area in the world (Demographia World Urban Areas 2014)
  • 2 international airports and over 60 subway & rail lines

Waseda: Reviews and Rankings

Waseda University has extremely high scores in brand surveys and rankings published in a range of both domestic and international media.

  • College Management, Issue 188 (Recruit Marketing Partners)
    “University Brand Power Survey 2014” (Tokyo Region)
  • “[Japan] University Ranking 2015” (Asahi Shimbun Publications)
  • “[Japan] University Ranking” (Diamond Weekly)
  • “Global Employability University Ranking 2014” (New York Times)
  • “QS World University Ranking by Subject 2014”
Best-Known University
Most Attractive University
Best School Tradition/Atmosphere
Best for Job-Seeking
Highest Level of Education
Best for Cultivating International Mindset
Most Potential for Development
Best for Cultivating Real-World Skills
Most Dormitories & Scholarships
Most Club & Circle Activities
Alumni Most Active in Society
Evaluation by High Schools (Students Grow)
Most International Students
Most Students Going Abroad
Best Transportation Access
Successful Applicants for Government Positions
Successful Bar Examination Takers
Successful Public Accountant Certification Applicante
Alumni Elected Officials
Alumni CEOs
(Companies Listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, First Section)
Athletes at the Sochi Olympics
Students Participating in International Volunteer Programs
Most Useful Graduates
(Survey of Businesspeople)
Best Global-minded Graduates (Survey of Businesspeople)
Adult Education
Media Coverage
Graduates Most Useful as Managers
(Survey of Businesspeople)
4th in Japan
Modern Languages
Linguistics, Mechanical Engineering, Economics, Law
Chemistry, Materials Science, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Communication & Media Studies
Chemical Engineering, Physics & Astronomy, Statistics & Operational Research

World-Class Education


World-Class Education: The Foundation of “Made in Japan” Products

Waseda was ranked 20th in the world in the “Ranking of Colleges with the Most Fortune Global 500 CEO Graduates” published by US business magazine Fortune, with graduates including CEOs of Sony, Honda, Toshiba and Fujitsu. Their education at Waseda forms the foundation of the high-performance, high-quality “Made in Japan” products that are known and trusted around the world.

Tokyo Cool

From pop and subculture to ancient tradition, Japan’s literature, theater, music, film and video are the focus of attention from around the world. Wasedalumni form the artistic core of “Cool Japan,” and the backbone of the journalism, publishing, and online media that disseminate them. Waseda is Cool Japan.

Borderless: Partnerships with leading universities around the world

Degrees from universities around the world can be earned at Waseda: the university currently has dual-degree partnerships with eight universities and consortiums*. With Global Leadership Programs run together with seven leading US universities**, and several hundred different overseas study programs, the University is filled with opportunities for students to develop global perspective and cultural sensitivity that transcend boundaries of nationality, language and culture.

*Peking University, Fudan University (China), National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), National Taiwan University, Korea University, Columbia University, and GLCA/ACM Colleges (USA) **Columbia University, Georgetown University, University of Pennsylvania, Johns Hopkins University, Dartmouth College, University of California Berkeley, and University of Washington

50 degree programs and 2,400+ courses all in English

Programs that allow students to earn degrees in English With 50 degree programs that can be completed entirely in English—the highest number in Japan—the University offers over 2,400 courses in English. And there are plans to increase this to a total of 64 degree programs and 4,100 courses. What’s more, 50% of faculty members at Waseda are either foreign nationals or have degrees from overseas universities. A current human resources initiative aims to increase this to 75%.

5 Palms in World Business
School Ranking

- 5 Palms in the World Business School Ranking Waseda was awarded the highest rank of 5 Palms in the 2014 Eduniversal World Business School Ranking. The 5 Palms Award was given to just 10% of the top 1,000 schools from 154 countries around the world, and to just two Japanese schools, evidence of Waseda's global reputation.

  • No.20

    Times Higher Education
    The “Alma Mater Index:Global Excectives 2013“

  • 8 double Degree

    with World-Renowned

  • 7 Global Leadership

    with Leading Universities in the United States

  • 50 English-language
    degree programs,

    and over 2,400
    English-language courses

  • 45%

    Faculty members with degrees
    from overseas institutions

  • 5Palms

    World Business School Ranking

A Global Research University


Leading Research University

Waseda is a founding member of RU11, a consortium of eleven of Japan’s leading research universities, and the University is a leader in academic research. As well as being one of 13 schools, and only two private institutions, selected in the top "Type-A” category of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) Top Global University Project, Waseda was also chosen for MEXT’s “Program for Promoting the Enhancement of Research Universities” as a university with exceptional research activity at a world-class level. The University has earned a reputation for research of the highest caliber.

Wide variety of research

Waseda is renowned as a first-class university with its 21 graduate schools. A collection of 2,000 members covers a wide range of fields including humanities, social sciences, and science and engineering. What’s more, the University’s Comprehensive Research Organization supports interdisciplinary research, actively promoting interchange. The Organization has initiated approximately 130 project research institutes which transcend boundaries between different research fields.

World-class research

Waseda was ranked 7th in Japan (132nd worldwide) for Academic Reputation in the QS World Ranking 2014/2015, and the University is regarded highly among researchers. In the subject rankings, it ranked 36th worldwide for Modern Languages, and in the top 100 for Linguistics, Mechanical Engineering, Economics, and Law. Waseda also boasts world-class research facilities and results in the fields of Japanese Cultural Studies, Positive Political Economics, Health and Sports Science, ICT & Robotics, Nanoenergy Materials, and Mathematics and Physics, and has obtained government support to expand its activities in these fields.

Research with profound social benefits

As well as research, Waseda is also renowned for its collaborative work with industry, and it is ranked third in Japan for contracted industry research, in terms of both number of projects and funding collected. The University also tackles social issues, and has made major contributions to disaster recovery efforts, such as the establishment numerous projects relating to health and medical treatment, infrastructure resilience, urban planning and social systems.

Global research network

Waseda has academic exchange agreements with over 400 universities in 79 countries and regions, and hosts over 800 researchers from overseas each year. The University has its own research institutes and international bases in ten cities around the world, which support its education and research projects. Waseda has a firmly established worldwide research network: between 2009 and 2013, the University collaborated on research papers with 1,352 other institutions, ranking number one in Japan for proportion of international collaborative publications in the CWTS Leiden Ranking 2014.

  • A founding member of RU11

    the consortium of 11 top research universities in Japan

  • one of 13

    best schools selected for Japan's
    Top Global University Project

  • 21 Graduate Schools and 2000
    full-time researchers

  • 130
    Project Research Institutes

  • No.7
    in Japan

    for Academic Reputation
    in QS World Ranking

  • No.1
    in Japan

    Proportion of International Collaborative Publications
    in CWTS Leiden Ranking 2014

Waseda’s Expanding Global Network

Find yourself at Waseda
Producing global leaders in industry, academia and government
In the QS World Ranking 2014/2015, Waseda was ranked third in Japan (68th worldwide) by employer reputation. Waseda’s liberal school spirit is open, diverse and fluid, and has produced countless leaders in industry, academia and government, including seven prime ministers, and the founders and CEOs of many internationally-known corporations*.
*Sony, Casio, Uniqlo, Lotte, Samsung, Aeon, etc.

590,000+ alumni around the world

In the 130 years since its foundation, Waseda has produced some 590,000 graduates. The University’s alumni are active on the world stage in a variety of fields. Waseda’s international network is a great asset while studying at the University, and after graduation.

Brain pool of 450 global partner institutions

Waseda has academic exchange agreements with 450 world-renowned universities and institutions. Exchange between students, researchers and faculty members is highly valued, including the approximately 5,000 international students enrolled at the University (as of 2015). The University is dedicated to preparing students to become future global leaders and providing them with knowhow that they can take with them, back to their home countries or anywhere. Researchers who studied at Waseda are leaders at universities and research institutions around the world.

Hub for world-class athletes

Sport is an important part of education that fosters social development and builds character. Waseda sees great value in sport, and plays a very important role in Japan’s sporting world. Graduates have gone on to become successful international athletes, including 390 Olympians and 54 medalists.


Some famous athletes from the recent years include figure skaters Yuzuru Hanyu (gold medalist at the Sochi Olympics) and Shizuka Arakawa (gold medalist at the Torino Olympics), swimmers Takuro Fujii and Natsumi Hoshi (both medalists at the London Olympics), and Major League baseball players Tsuyoshi Wada and Norichika Aoki

in Japan

Employer Reputation QS World Ranking 2014/2015


Japanese Prime Ministers Graduated from WASEDA


Alumni around the world


Partners among
Leading Global Institutions

in Japan

Most international students in
Japan: 4500

390 Olympians and 54 Medalists

Safety CampusLife


The safest country in the world

Japan was ranked a clear first in the “Top 10 Safest Countries in the World Ranking” published by Lifestyle9.com, based on US FBI statistics. What’s more, Tokyo was ranked second among world cities in Monocle’s “Quality of Life Survey 2014.” Students can enjoy the peace of mind of knowing that they are in the safest country in the world, allowing them to focus on their studies.


of international students receive scholarships

Waseda provides a range of over 250 different scholarships, including many that are unique to the University. In 2013, scholarships totaled over 15.2 billion yen, for over 22,000 students—leading numbers in Japan. The University also provides a range of scholarships for international students, with over 50% receiving some sort of scholarship.

Your second home: Enjoy communal life with fellow students in a secure environment

Waseda’s dormitories are open as soon as students arrive in the country, and live-in House Masters (administrators) and RAs (Resident Assistants) are there to help. While respecting students’ privacy, various initiatives encourage cross-cultural exchange in the dormitories, and help create networks that students will treasure for the rest of their lives.

Immerse yourself in Japanese culture

Waseda offers a range of degree programs conducted entirely in English, while also providing opportunities to study Japanese, so that students can further understand Japanese culture, and enrich their experience. Waseda is home to one of the largest Japanese language centers in the country, with over 300 courses available. With eight levels of study ranging from beginner to advanced, students can also choose courses focused on reading, writing, speaking and listening. The center is particularly important for students hoping to find employment at Japanese companies.

Vibrant student activities

Waseda boasts one other “curriculum”—extra-curricular activities. Approximately 90% of students participate in clubs and circles, making them a vital part of student life. As of 2014, there are over 500 official groups—it is said that there is no circle that does not exist at Waseda! There is also a wide range of other programs available, including exchange groups for overseas students, and volunteer programs.

  • No.1

    Safest Country in the World
    Ranking 2014

  • No.2
    in the world

    Quality of Life
    Monocle Survey 2014

  • US$128,090,400

    FY2013 Scholarship Budget

  • OVER

    International students receiving scholarships

  • No.1

    Number of student circles

  • 90%

    Students who have participated
    in a circle

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